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    Cee-Lo Green Corrects The Weak, Faulty Lyrics of John Lennon's "Imagine"

    We've all been irked by Lennon's poor lyric-writing, no? Well Cee-Lo Green is a corrector of mistakes, bless his heart. His correction happened over a month ago when he sang the little ditty in New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve.

    Fans angry that Cee Lo changed 'Imagine' lyrics

    Here's the lyrics to the song, with Lennon's goof in red to Cee-Lo's improvement in green:

    Imagine there's no heaven
    It's easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today...

    Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    And all religion's true
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace...

    You may say I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world...

    You may say I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will live as one
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    Well there are two issues here: Changing the lyrics to one of the greatest songs we have in the rock songbook is --speaking religiously-- a grave sin.

    If whats-his-face had any grasp of history he would understand Lennon chose those words knowing what has been done in the name of religion.

    Idiot.

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    He is such a tool.

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    I can only imagine.

    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    I guess the hard thing for a lot of people to accept is why God would allow me to go running through their yards, yelling and spinning around.


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    Saying "all religion's true" is just idiotic, anyway. Think about it, some religions teach some very horrible things and they can't all be true, that is just not logical.
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    But it rhymes.
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    As much as I dislike the original words (and tune), Cee-Lo's re-write was no improvement. Both suck.

    -Bridget

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    I think Cee-lo was trying to make it mean imagine if people allowed everyone their own religion without judgement or prejudice. People change lyrics all the time. The song isn't a national anthem or sacrament. It's a pop song. Plus It doesn't change the lyric meaning dramatically imo. I don't see why such an issue would be be made.

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    If you're an atheist, I'd imagine the change would be offensive.

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    I blame Purrfect the cat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    Saying "all religion's true" is just idiotic, anyway. Think about it, some religions teach some very horrible things and they can't all be true, that is just not logical.
    For reals. Now, if he'd corrected it to "and one religion's true" it would've made more sense. [But, alas, which religion is the true one? ]
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    I blame Purrfect the cat!
    Purrfect is obviously behind all Cee-Lo shenanigans and inappropriateness. Mrrrrrrrrrowwwwwwl!

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    Imagine That!

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    My first paranoid impression was that he was pressured into changing the lyrics / was afraid of any backlash to Lennon's original line.

    But, I think he released a tweet since then saying that he just wanted to make the lyrics better Write your own song. Don't change a classic. WTF was he thinking?

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    Personally, I hate that song, so any crapping on it works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by znachki View Post
    If you're an atheist, I'd imagine the change would be offensive.
    If you're not an atheist, that line is offensive. I'm not crazy about the song but that line has always bothered me. A world with no religion? No matter how much misery has been done in the name of religion, I would not be willing to live in a world without my religion.

    It bothered me a lot when John said the Beatles were bigger than God too. No they weren't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taf2002 View Post
    If you're not an atheist, that line is offensive.
    I'm not an atheist, and I don't find that line offensive -- however, I'm sure that others feel differently.
    I'm not crazy about the song but that line has always bothered me. A world with no religion? No matter how much misery has been done in the name of religion,
    Because of that misery (some of it in horrendous proportions), I can understand the feeling behind Lennon's lyric. Although a world without religion would not be a world without misery, just free from the misery inflicted in the name of religion. Human nature being what it is, there likely will always be some "reason" to inflict intentional misery upon others.
    It bothered me a lot when John said the Beatles were bigger than God too. No they weren't.
    The actual quote was that the Beatles had become "more popular than Jesus" which may well have been true for some in that time/place (1966/England). It didn't get much of a reaction until it was requoted in a U.S. teen magazine months later, after which it triggered protests -- and album burnings and banning of their music getting airplay in some places. Talk about over-reaction.

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    Hey, there's no such thing as bad publicity! So...good on Cee-Lo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan5 View Post
    Talk about over-reaction.
    And not getting the facts right.
    3539 and counting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan5 View Post
    Talk about over-reaction.
    And not getting the facts right.
    3539 and counting.

    Slightly Wounding Banana list cont: MacMadame.

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